"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul."
Burcu Aybat has been an educator for 12 years, helping faculty, administrative staff, and students to support learning. She now works at Robert College of Istanbul in Turkey, the oldest continually running American school founded outside the U.S., as educational technology coordinator.
Aybat received her bachelor's and master's degrees in computer education and instructional technology from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey. She started teaching ICT in 2001 at METU Foundation Schools. In 2003, she joined Enka Schools and continued teaching ICT; research techniques; production tools like Adobe® Flash® Professional, Dreamweaver®, InDesign, and Photoshop®; and programming languages from kindergarten to high school.
Aybat became educational technology coordinator in 2010 and now partners with faculty to make the best use of available teaching methods and technology to enhance student learning. She helps implement Learning Management Systems such as Moodle and Haiku, and supports faculty and students through training and tutorials.
She has presented at numerous conferences in Europe, Asia, and the United States. One of her major initiatives was the ePortfolio project that was presented at the Learning Forum London and ePortfolio 2009.
She also explores emerging technologies. She is a member of the team that initiated the 1:1 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at Robert College, one of the first schools in Turkey to implement the student laptop program. She is working on expanding the digital publishing program to go beyond the use of InDesign for printing to creating digital publications accessible from tablets. Her recent research areas include Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Google Apps for Education, and the flipped classroom.